Application forms and resume templates ask you for all kinds of information - but what if you don’t have much to add? Should you just give up and let someone more qualified get the position you want? Of course not! Keep these simple tips in mind next time you find yourself with a blank page and no ideas.
The Cure For Imposter Syndrome
First of all, temper any self-doubt you may feel about the job hunt or your qualifications. You may feel like a phony who does not deserve the job and its perks, or that everyone else is prepared to run their corner of the world but you. That is a lie that people tell themselves. Yes, experience and references count, but so does the courage to apply in the first place. If you lose confidence at the thought of someone more qualified than you swooping in to take the job, flip the situation over. Imagine someone less qualified than you getting the job. Are you going to let that imposter get away with that when you’re such a better fit? Go get ‘em, tiger!
Okay, But I’ve Literally Never Had A Job
That is a minor hurdle for someone like yourself. Use this opportunity to craft a summary statement that plays to your strengths. The key is to show off your skills through anything you do, whether that’s your academic achievements, involvement in after-school activities, or volunteer service. Teamwork, communication, customer service, time management, problem-solving, motivation, and technical skills are all valuable traits to have, regardless of their source. Our career services specialist Sylvie has a great blog post about the value of volunteering, including multiple resources and organizations to get you started.
Who Are My References?
Usually, your references will be supervisors and co-workers who can vouch for the quality of your work and your character. Even without job experience, there are probably some people in your life who can fulfill this role. Do you have a favorite teacher who can brag on your assignments and leadership? Have you ever done odd jobs for a relative or friend? Are you part of any organization with a leader - don’t be shy in asking! Make sure each person you ask to be a reference knows about the job you’re seeking and what you have been up to lately. They need to be able to talk you up to a stranger, after all.
What Do I Say In The Interview?
Tell the truth about the best version of you. What are your accomplishments, and why should the employer trust you? Almost every job involves honesty, working well with others, and staying on task, so have an example for any of these topics memorized and ready to use. By the way, you can count on interviewers asking if you have any questions for them, and you want to be prepared for when it happens. Check out Business & Career Librarian Phillip’s blog post about how to use this question to make a lasting impression.
I Need One-On-One Help With This
Check to see if your school's guidance counselor or college career center offers help. You can also set up a virtual meeting with one of Richland Library's certified Career Coaches through the Book a Learning Coach form or by calling 803-929-3400. After you reach us, we will contact you to set up an appointment. Our team provides help with interviewing skills, your résumé, interest/skills assessments, and more.